Large G.A.R. Porcelain Canteen, 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry SOLD

Decorated with all the Corps Badges the unit served with.


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This porcelain canteen made for Grand Army of the Republic veterans measures nearly 10 inches high, and with of a diameter (canteen body) of just over 7 inches. It retains it original stopper and chain. The center has the insignia of the 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac’s 2nd Division (white), and is surrounded by other corps insignia of other units having served in the Army of the Potomac.

Circling the corps badge is gold lettering shaded in light blue of the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, surmounted by the Massachusetts military symbol of a knight’s gauntleted arm and hand holding a sword on pillow. Gold shadowing completes the look. Small gold stars and wreathing encircle the center decoration toward the outside rim. The sling guides are painted in gold and each bear dates, 1861, 1864, and 1890. The later is the date of the Boston National Encampment, and that can be seen on the upper rim painted in red on either side of the spout. The reverse shows a G.A.R. membership badge unembellished with color. The spout has a gilt minnie ball painted on the front side only.

The condition is fine with typical crazing to the glaze, and one small section on the sling guide (1861) has been chipped, but does not effect the look or soundness of the porcelain in that area. There was no personal history with this canteen.

The 1st Mass. was formed in 1861 and served in the Army of the Potomac until May of 1864. It served in most of the engagements from 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania and the Wilderness, etc.

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